VLK Architects Partners with Azle ISD to Revitalize and Repurpose Their Beloved "Rock School"
Azle, Texas – On May 20th, representatives from VLK Architects gathered with administrators, staff, and community members to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony and re-opening of “The Rock School” in Azle ISD. Originally built in the late 1800s, the building has served grade levels in the Azle community for over 100 years. Due to changes in curriculum, building codes, and enrollment growth, the need for a new campus to host the elementary students was provided for through the 2016 bond. Students from “The Rock School” moved into new Azle Elementary for the 2018/2019 school year, allowing the building to be renovated as the new district administration building.
“The Rock School” has been the heart of the Azle community for generations,” said VLK Principal, Clinton Schiver. “VLK was honored to be able to partner with Azle ISD in the renovation and adaption of this beloved facility to now serve as the new district administration building and continue its legacy of for generations to come.”
The highest importance was placed on maintaining the look of “The Rock School” and modifying the 41,243 sf space for accessibility. The exterior stone walls were cleaned to restore them to their original luster and classrooms were divided to create office suites. The former cafeteria now serves as a training room for the district and the gym has been converted into the information technology hub. Formerly serving as the library, the new boardroom houses the most rewarding conversion - a newly exposed gabled wood roof structure. Prior to this renovation, the district administrative staff had been spread across multiple campuses and facilities. By consolidating the district administration into one building, Azle ISD staff have realized better operational efficiency, collaboration, and professional development.